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May 31, 2020 - One Green Planet

How Traditional Chinese Medicine is Contributing to Species Extinction

How Traditional Chinese Medicine is Contributing to Species Extinction
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Traditional Chinese medicine is flourishing at the expense of animals. Many traditional medicines require endangered animals and often runs rampant on rumors of effective treatment.

Rhino populations quickly diminished as a rumor about a politician being cured of cancer by a rhino horn. Three species are now extinct thanks to demand for rhino horn. Demand that was based on no scientific evidence.

Dr. John Goodrich, chief scientist and tiger program senior director at global wildcat conservation organization Panthera, told the Southeast Asia Globe, ” It is very clear that today the primary driver of illegal wildlife trade is Traditional Asian Medicine. And there is no evidence that this is likely to abate in the near future.”

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